Common questions — answered.
To make cannabis oil, the trichomes (crystals) are separated from the plant material and processed into the oils we vaporize.
Traditional Extraction with Chemicals
Most cannabis oils are extracted using chemical solvents like butane, ethanol, and carbon dioxide. These solvents are then purged from the oil using various techniques. However, trace amounts of solvents often remain in the cannabis oil. The waste product produced by these methods also have damaging environmental effects, such as decreased ozone levels and polluted water supplies.
Solventless concentrates are extracts that are created without the use of harsh chemical solvents like butane, ethanol, and carbon dioxide. Instead, they use mechanical processes such as heat, pressure, and agitation to separate trichomes. For example, ice water extraction uses only ice water and
Healthier, Safer Option
Solventless extraction methods are considered superior by concentrate enthusiasts. They don’t involve harmful chemicals of any kind. Solventless extraction also preserves as much of the original cannabis plant’s cannabinoid and terpene profile as possible. This ensures bold flavors, high potency, and an unquestionable purity for the end consumer.
Cured resin is concentrate made from cannabis that has been cured.
Curing involves aging/drying harvested plant material. Curing is an unavoidable and necessary part of creating smokable cannabis buds. However, it is not necessary when producing cannabis concentrates. Curing results in lost terpenes and lower potency.
Live resin is concentrate made from freshly-harvested cannabis plant material that’s been flash-frozen.
This cannabis has not been dried or cured before being processed into extract. By flash-freezing the fresh cannabis flower, the full terpenes and potency of the plant are preserved. This creates a more nuanced high, with a better taste/smell experience.